Bike Friendly Richardson

Cottonwood Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Friday, May 20

Posted in Bicycle Events, Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on May 19, 2011

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BFR friend Howard sent us a link from Bike Friendly North Dallas. This Friday, there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Cottonwood Trail. If you weren’t aware, the Cottonwood Trail provides us a safe riding route into Dallas.

From their Facebook event page:

On Friday, May 20th at 10:30am there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of the Cottonwood Trail at the DART Forest Lane transit station. If you can, arrive on on your bike! Riders should show up for media shots on the trail at around 10AM, and to perhaps stay after the press conference for shots of people getting on the train to “go to work” (May 20th is National Bike to Work Day). We are planning on having the cyclists ride up to the trailhead from the southeast and stop in front of the ribbon that will be strung across the trail, and listen to the speeches while standing with their bikes. Please spread the word!

DATE: Friday, May 20, 2011
TIME: 10 am
LOCATION: DART Forest Lane Station

A Ride From Richardson To White Rock Lake

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on May 15, 2011

One of the great things about living in Richardson is that we are so close to Dallas.  We get some of the great suburban amenities, like really great schools and quiet neighborhoods, but also the convenience of having such an great urban center within biking distance.

Yesterday, I decided to try out our newest connection to Dallas – the extended Cottonwood Trail. Not only does it provide safe passage from Richardson to Dallas (under some major highways), but it also merges with the White Rock Creek Trail. From there, I was able to take a nice spin down to and around White Rock Lake.

Here are some pics of my ride:

Under 635

Downtown Dallas On The Horizon

Boats On The Lake

Spillway

Damn Rider

Cottonwood Creek Trail Complete – But Not Open

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on April 9, 2011

Connect With White Rock Trail

Complete? Well, almost.

I was in the mood to check out the progress of the Cottonwood Creek Trail which leads from south Richardson, under Central Expressway and LBJ, with plans to connect with the Dallas trail network. Ever since the dedication of the Cottonwood Creek Trail Esplanade, back in June, the plan was to complete the trail through Willowdell Park, under Forest Lane where it eventually intersects with the White Rock Trail.

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on making it too far with the expectation to be held up by an incomplete trail or bridge. To my surprise, I discovered that it was complete. Of course, they are still making the finishing touches and construction equipment is still blocking the way. There was still some bubble wrap on the rest stop bike racks. My guess is that it won’t be long before it’s officially open. Expect an announcement for that soon.

Of course, we recommend that if you travel on this trail, please use caution until it’s complete.

Here are some pics from my ride:

Cottonwood Creek Trail Entrance

Cottonwood Creek Trail Esplanade - Open Since June 2010

Trail Still Close

Just South of Willowdell Park

Ramp To Go Under Forest

Ramp Down To Forest Lane Underpass

Passage Under Forest

South of Forest Lane Underpass

At DART Forest Station

DART Forest Station Trail Head

Still Unfinished

North Side Of The New Bridge

Bridge Still Being Worked On

South Side Of The New Bridge

Rest Area

Rest Stop

Brand New Bike Rack

Bubble Wrapped Bike Rack

Intersection

Intersection With White Rock Trail

Here is a link to a map (new section in Red).